COVID Omicron Variant Threatens Kansas City Streetcar Again

More than any other mode of transit, COVID-19 basically shut down the Kansas City streetcar.

Remember . . .

Amid fear of COVID-19, ridership of the toy train fell to abysmal levels as strict but necessary precautions chased away most passengers

As far as transit trends go, the used car industry enjoyed a boom as quite a few locals decided to avoid public transit altogether amid the plauge. 

And now, the smart money and the world prepare for another "variant" of COVID . . .

Leaders are advising caution but not panic . . . Meanwhile, borders closing and stock sell-offs should convince the plebs that the concern is genuine and not conspiratorial.

Moreover . . .

The COVID Omicron variant reminds us that plans for the Kansas City streetcar and taxpayers supporting its expansion must account for resurgence of pandemic threats and how quickly locals abandoned this mode of transit out of genuine health concerns.

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World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant | AP News

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